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Are Weight Loss Supplements Worth the Risks?

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If you eat too much fat while taking Alli you may end up with loose or liquid stools and may even lose control of bowel movements.

Even weight loss supplements available only by prescription cannot guarantee weight loss success. Responding to a systematic review of dietary supplements, the American Dietetic Association (ADA), which is now known as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, stated that there is “no evidence that any specific dietary supplement is effective in reducing body weight.”

As with all supplements, the decision whether or not to use supplements for weight loss is a personal choice. If you are considering diet supplements, read labels carefully and do your research to be sure the product is safe. Talk to your healthcare provider for advice and to make sure there are no interactions between the supplement and any prescription medications you may be taking.


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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Overweight and Obesity: US Obesity Trends. Web. January 15, 2012.

US Food and Drug Administration. FDA 202: Dietary Supplements. Web. January 15, 2012.

US Food and Drug Administration. Weight Loss Fraud. Web. January 15, 2012.

US Food and Drug Administration. Beware of Fraudulent Weight-Loss ‘Dietary Supplements’. Web. January 15, 2012.

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EmpowHER Guest

I think it would be worth the risk if it does give results like what I have gotten from 3 months of using prescopodene. Not all pills being marketed are bad for the heath because some of the pills give fantastic results.

June 30, 2013 - 8:37pm
EmpowHER Guest

Not all pills are bad for you. I agree that with the right combinations of weight loss ingredients, losing weight is inevitable. However, results may be different from person to the next. It's just a matter of knowing what works for you. How to? Ask a doctor like I did. I was given this Prescopodene and my life has never been the same.

June 18, 2013 - 9:06pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I think that depends on the body type you have. I understand that not all diet pills could bring about the same result to two different users. As they say, what works for you may not work for others. Congrats though, for finding the right pill for you. It's actually a tough challenge to search for one diet pill that works considering that most available in the market are considerably fake. Your right, asking an expert is a much sound advice when your on a quest for the right diet pill to take. Thanks!

July 5, 2013 - 6:50am
EmpowHER Guest

I got on the Alli weight loss supplement about 5 months ago and have lost nearly 40 pounds. I have never looked or felt better. Doc says blood pressure is 120/75 and my heart rate is a strong 75. I think Alli is not only safe bu effective. When I started my plan I looked around a lot for reviews and places to get the pills. I found SecretGut.com was very helpful. They have reviews on a few different products, but most importantly it talked about how safe Alli was, so I persoanlly didn't feel there was any risk when I started with the pills.

February 9, 2012 - 3:25pm
EmpowHER Guest

The best scenario is watching your diet and exercising, there is no "magic pill" that will work by itself. There is a product/pill which contains Tonalin CLA and that ingredient works by decreasing the size and number of fat cells, it also increase the rate at which fatty acids are turned into energy. Taking this combined with diet and exercise will assist with weight loss.
Read this article for additional information:

January 16, 2012 - 7:35pm
EmpowHER Guest

The problem is that so many of these "diet pills" aren't regulated and come from places like China where basically anything goes just to get a buck. Its dangerous to put your life on the line like that. There are so many other better options available. I have listed some on my site if you're interested.

While its great to share diets meals like this I don't believe they are of much value. Most people simply don't have the right understanding of how the body works to fully appreciate the value of these meals. My weight loss program tells me that education is the real key to successfully losing weight and keeping it off.

I've personally lost 180lbs since Dec 2009. My blood pressure was 160/110, now its 120/80. My cholesterol was 256 mg/Ld, now its 176mg/dL. I'm no longer Pre-Diabetic and I'm in the best shape of my life. I believe it is do-able by anyone.

If you're interested in my story please head over to Zdiets.net


Ryan E. Parker

January 16, 2012 - 6:59am
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